Indiana State Police are asking anyone who found loose money on I-70 Wednesday to return it.
The chaotic scene unfolded May 3, 2018 around 9:00am on westbound I-70 near Holt Road in Indianapolis, Indiana. ISP Corporal Brock McCooe recalls the events that occurred just after the back security door on a Brinks truck flew open.
“Bags of money were falling out of the back onto the interstate,” said McCooe. “Sort of something out of a movie scene, where you have bills, loose bills flying all over the interstate, vehicles stopping, people getting out of their cars.”
According to FOX 59, troopers at the scene reported up to $600,000 had flown across the interstate. Police later said the exact amount was unknown.
The Brinks truck driver stated that he realized the back door was open when another driver waved at him and pointed to the back of his truck. Police do not know whether the incident was the result of mechanical or human error.
Troopers say people were jumping over fences from the adjacent neighborhood to stuff their pockets with money.
“I guess it’s not every day you see thousands of dollars just floating around on the interstate during your morning commute,” McCooe said. “So it was pretty chaotic.”
Authorities are searching for anyone who stopped to pick up the cash, as they can be charged with theft. In particular, police are looking for a school bus driver who stopped to grab cash before driving the bus away from the scene. They are also looking for four individuals in a white pickup truck, pulling a utility trailer, who made off with one of the bags of money.
The video below shows police stopping traffic to pick up money on the interstate.
ISP says they are already getting tips with license place numbers from people who stopped to pick up the money. They are also getting calls from people who wish to return the cash they found along the interstate.
“If you’re willing to, in good conscience, turn it back in, there’s amnesty, there’s no real questions asked if you’re willing to give it back,” McCooe said.
Anyone who wishes to return money can call Indiana State Police at 317-899-8577.